Clearview National August 2018 - Issue 201 - Page 4

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS FROMTHEEDITOR In with the old, and in with the new… » » FOR A MAGAZINE THAT CELEBRATED ITS 200th issue last month, it’s reassuring to know that ‘Heritage’ is still very much alive and well in the industry. In fact, this month – an issue with a ‘triple treat’ of Extra sections – the first being Heritage; is dedicated to all the products that are reminiscent of ‘yesteryear’, yet available right now. As a country that is steeped in history and rich with period properties, fenestration suppliers and manufacturers continue to innovate in the design and development of not just materials, colours, and styles of windows and doors, but also in the hardware that provides a finishing touch to any project. And, by fabricating and installing units that are sympathetic to a property from an aesthetics point of view, we are not only making buildings look better today, but helping to preserve them for years to come as the performance and protection of modern designs keeps the elements out of older properties, while also reducing heating costs of buildings that are in their nature costly to run; allowing more ‘money in the pot’ for future restoration. Moving on from Heritage, if there is one word that sums up the fenestration industry this season – from the contributions that are sent in every month at least – it’s Colour. And, as the demand for colour continues to rise from consumers, so the offerings from suppliers, fabricators, and installers has increased, as have our pages that are dedicated to the topic. It’s not news to say that grey is the favourite foil ‘du jour’, but what is interesting is the many variations available from smooth PVC-U in grey to emulate aluminium, to aluminium itself, to hardware companies making matching locks, latches, and handles, to painted timber windows that can be sanded and re-finished whenever and whatever the next trend will be. It seems grey hasn’t been this exciting since a certain book trilogy was published. Finally, to our favourite topic as Brits (now that the football hasn’t come home); the weather. Outdoor Living may always feature in July/August magazines, but this time, the extra pages on rooflights, verandas, orangeries, and conservatories seems all the more relevant while we continue to enjoy this long, hot summer. And, as one article advises that “natural li